At this time of year, students – of the VCE and university varieties – are hunkered down preparing for end-of-year exams.
There are many great ideas for reducing the anxiety and stress in the lead-up to these testing times. Top tips include eating healthily, taking regular breaks, exercising, getting enough sleep and sticking to a study schedule.
When all that fails, The Weekly Review has found some fun ideas to help reduce the pressure at this stressful time of year.
Have a spa treatment
The pressure of exams can make young students tense. If a hard-studying student you know appears in need of a massage and facial, look no further than Chuan Spa at The Langham in Melbourne. The spa offers special “destress before the test” packages for students that will have them looking and feeling gorgeous for their exams.
There’s nothing like the love and companionship of a cat or dog to calm the nerves and also offer loads of love at stressful times. In fact, our furry family members are so effective, there’s even a non-profit organisation that takes animals into universities and schools across Australia. Delta Society’s programs include Paws the Pressure and Canines in Classrooms.
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Secondary schools understand the benefits to mind, body and spirit from yoga. So much so that many Melbourne and Sydney schools have introduced yoga into daily timetables. Whatever their preferred yoga methods or schools, students who are hard at work on their computers will also find there are great Youtube channels featuring yoga classes to help during study breaks.
Taking time out to breathe, relax and refocus is especially important for anyone who might be anxious or stressed. Meditation can be a great way to take a break from study and refocus. Research has shown that meditation helps people deal with stress (better) and improves resilience. Among the many apps that might help students is Smiling Mind. It was developed with psychologists and offers a range of programs – all free – for kids, teenagers and adults.
This might be a bit controversial, but if you’re 18 or older, and feel like taking a baseball bat to some china plates and teacups (or other such breakable items), you can. At The Break Room in Collingwood, adults can enter a specified room, don a break suit and smash away their study frustrations.